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From Raudfjord to Krossfjord – 29th Sep­tem­ber 2015

Final­ly with Zodiacs into inner Hamil­ton­buk­ta, haven’t been the­re for a while! And things the­re have chan­ged, mea­ning the gla­ciers have retrea­ted con­si­der­ab­ly. I have to find some old pho­tos to com­pa­re. A lot of rocks now whe­re the­re used to be gla­ciers 10 years ago.

Hamil­ton­buk­ta 29th Sep­tem­ber 2015 – 1/2

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This doesn’t mean that it is not nice any­mo­re. Qui­te the oppo­si­te, the gla­ciers are still stun­nin­gly beau­ti­ful. A lot of ice drif­ting in the bay. And on the­se small islands, you can still enjoy life in gene­ral and the beau­ty of the sce­ne­ry. Very nice.

The next low pres­su­re was alrea­dy on the way. We had deci­ded to make a quick jump down to Kongsfjord, esca­ping befo­re desas­ter would strike. A swift crui­se through Nord­ves­tøya­ne and Smee­ren­burgfjord. Watching the baro­me­ter was inte­res­ting. In 3 days, it had drop­ped by 54 hPa. A simi­lar drop on the finan­cial mar­kets would send shock­wa­ves around the glo­bes. But this was only the baro­me­ter.

Hamil­ton­buk­ta 29th Sep­tem­ber 2015 – 2/2

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The­re was qui­te a bit of swell off the coast, swell from hell, that was not so gre­at, and some were not seen for a cou­p­le of hours. But at least, final­ly the nort­hern wind came and up went the sails, making the move­ment more sta­ble and com­for­ta­ble. In the late evening, we reached Krossfjord and a rea­son­ab­ly well shel­te­red ancho­ra­ge.

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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